The rehearsals for the WCC Christmas 2021 "Christmas Glow" concert season begins Monday, August 30, 2021 7:30 pm. The music for this concert season has been finalized. Samples of the music are available on the WCC website under the "Songs we're singing" for you to preview and enjoy.
Auditions are not required to join the choir. Please arrive early (7:00 PM) to register for membership and to meet with your friends both old and new. Note in these unusual times please watch for directions on where to enter the building and adhere to directions about room access restrictions. Everyone who wishes to participate including former members must register even if you sang last season. You may take the music home with you after rehearsal if you have registered and paid your membership registration fee otherwise you must turn the music in before you leave when the rehearsal is concluded. Another benefit of paying your registration fee entitles you to receive a free sample recording on a CD of all the concert music we will be singing this season. If you wish to have a copy of the music samples placed on a UCB thumb drive bring your own thumb drive with your name on it and give it to the director who will then copy the music to the drive for you and then return it to you.
Registered members should write the selection numbers on the front of each piece as will be indicated below or from the Concert Order document that you will also receive. The reason for this is that after the first rehearsal the music will very likely not be worked on in order. This will allow the music to be apportion allowing rehearsal time to be as even as possible. Numbering the selections will make it easier to quickly find what you need during the rehearsal. If we happen to run out of music packets more music will be ordered, and it should arrive within a week to ten days.
Full sample recordings of all the songs on our concert program are available now on this website under "Songs We're Singing" and on a sample music CD that will be provided once you have registered. Optionally you may have the music copied to a UCB thumb drive that you must provide. The following is a listing of the songs for the 2021 Christmas concert in performance order of the choir selections.
1. All on a Silent Night
2. Cradle Hymn (Violin Obbligato)
3. O Holy Night
4. Christmas Canon
6. Children, Go Where I Send Thee
7. Silent Night
8. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
9. Where Are You Christmas?
10. The Holiday Season
11. Deck the Hall and Swing It
12. Ring Silver Bells
13. A "Holiday Road" of Carols
14. Merry Christmas
15 30*Second Merry Christmas (encore)
All selections will be directed by the Resident Musical Director Lee Irwin Culbreth
0rehearsal #1 on august 31
Registration, distribution of music packets. Greetings and general information. Presentation of all music selection
How the Voice Works - click to view video.
It was great to see old friends again and a few new members.
We read through the complete program and it went fairly well considering it was the first time to see the music for most of the choir. Be sure to spend some time listening to the provided CD as you follow/sing along.
Next week we will review a few selections and then focus on #'s: 7, 10 & 1 in that order..
rehearsal #2 on september 6
Yes there was a re1hearsal on Labor Day. Attendance was down a bit but we pushed on according to the master rehearsal plan. After a warm-up session led by Rex we proceeded to review selections 2, 15 ,11, & 4. Following that we focused on selections 7, 10, & 1. All went relatively well. Next week the focus will be on selections 6, 9, 5, & 12.
rehearsal #3 on september 13
A few more people have joined the choir as we continue to focus on individual selections on the program. Some sopranos still need to gradually build up their vocal range after the long gap of not singing. After the warm-up exercises there was a review of selection #s: 1, 10, & 7. The focus during which we work on individual voice lines, rhythm and dynamics was on #s: 6, 9, 5, & 12. Next week the focus will be on #s 3, 8, 13, & 14
rehearsal #4 on september 20
This was the 3rd or 4 session in which we focused on some of the individual selections on the program. At this point we need to begin to try and blend our voices within each section as some voices are currently standing out. There is a natural tendency to sing louder when you feel that others around you are not singing correctly. This in turn leads to the problem of unbalanced sections. The focus on this night was on selections # 3, 8, 13, & 14. Next rehearsal the focus will be on #s 4, 11, 2, & 15
rehearsal #5 on september 27
rehearsal #6 on october 4
rehearsal #7 on october 11
rehearsal #8 on october 18
rehearsal #9 on october 25
Rehearsal #10 november 2
NOTICE: We need an Assistant Director and a backup accompanist . Please let the Resident Music Director know if you happen to know of someone that can help out.
Line solo and feature tryouts
Many of the selections on the program have an indicated solo, duet, and small group opportunities. It is not required but highly recommended that these be memorized. These will be filled by people willing to tryout in an audition process and that have been selected by a panel of peer judges. Ideally there will be a primary and a backup for each solo voice part chosen from those who tryout and are given the highest number of votes from the peer judges. Until such time as a selection has been made or if no suitable candidate is selected through the audition process the line solos are to be sung by the appropriate voice section within the choir.
Selections with line solos:
None selected as of yet
A Feature may be a single voice or any size ensemble of voices and may include special instrumental accompaniment. As with Line Solos, Features will be selected through the audition process. Vocal parts of Features must be fully memorized and concert ready at the time of the audition. Features for this concert will be limited based on the total length of the Feature selections accepted. A Feature must be unique and not a repeat of one of the choral selections or another Feature. It must be in keeping with the currently Christmas season theme. You must sign-up by the deadline to tryout for a feature.
During the weeks prior to the audition for Line Solos any and all that have an interest may sing the solo lines during rehearsal. Apart from that each candidate and in particular those interested in trying out for a Feature is responsible for preparation on their own time. Feature candidates are responsible for arranging time to meet with the primary accompanist or accompanist of your own choosing. Line Soloist are responsible for coordinating time with either the primary or other accompanist to work with them on their Line Solos.
Auditions will be held on the specified date indicated in the schedule of events following a shortened rehearsal. Please note that the auditions frequently go much later than the normal rehearsal ending time. If there are extenuating circumstances that would prevent you from participating in the audition on the indicated date contact the Resident Musical Director in advance for approval to audition on the week following the scheduled audition date. The scheduled audition may possibly be extended into the following week if the audition process begins to run too late. All candidates are judged by a panel of volunteer peer judges. The final decisions for Line Solos will be made by the Musical Director that is conducting that selection on the program and will be based on tally results from peer judges. The decision for Features will be made by the Resident Musical Director and will be based on the results of the peer judges tally sheets within the limits of the allotted time for Features. In some cases a candidate may be tagged by the musical director for a Line Solo that they did not audition for based on their audition results for another Line Solo or in some cases their singing reputation .
Any member of the WCC choir may volunteer to serve as a peer judge except those that will be auditioning. Those trying out for a Line Solo but not a Feature may serve as a peer judge for Feature tryouts only. Likewise anyone trying out for a Feature but not a Line Solo may serve as a peer judge for Line Solos only. Peer judges will be expected to participate for the full session however late that might be to include the extended week if necessary. A tally sheet will be provided to each peer judge. There will be space on the tally sheets to allow you to add notes about each audition that may help you decide later how to rank them. At the very least the peer judge will be expected to rank each candidate for a specific Line Solo as a 1 for the candidate they believe is the best choice, 2 for the second best choice, 3 and so forth for all remaining candidates for the specific Line Solo. For Feature auditions the candidates are expected to be superlative and not just average or worse. In a manner similar to Line Solo auditions rank each Feature candidate as they compare to all other candidates. One final thought on judging the candidates we do not necessarily have to have a Line Solo or a Feature. If you feel a candidate is not outstanding just leave the ranking blank. We are looking for something that will wow or at least impress the audience not just fill a spot just for the sake of filling a spot.
spring concert attire
Concert attire for Spring season is black trousers (pants) with length that touches top of shoes. Black belt, black socks (black hose) and black shoes. The top will be a new polo shirt design. Details to be announce later.
Just a little discussion about rehearsal etiquette. First of all we do want you to have fun and enjoy yourself during the rehearsal but keep in mind that the primary reason for being there is to sing not talk. So, for that reason you are strongly encouraged to come early to make and visit with friends before the rehearsal begins. You also have an opportunity to visit during the break and immediately following the rehearsal. Once the rehearsal begins please do not talk particularly immediately after the director stops the music to make a comment. Frequently a lot of people will blurt out comments which are lost in the clamor of noise as several people try to speak at once. Best practice is if you have a question or have an additional comment to make about the music please wait to be recognized by the director. Just a reminder from your perspective it may not seem disruptive if you begin to speak to your neighbor softly but in fact no matter how quietly you speak it impacts the noise level in the room even if you speak very softly and the more people that speak at the same time the louder the noise level gets. So once again please quell the urge to talk while the rehearsal is in progress.
Thank you for your cooperation.
some music reading basics
Musical notation is done on or about the musical staff which is made up of 5 closely parallel lines. In choral music the staffs are most often treble (or G clef) and bass (or F clef) as indicated as follows respectively:
There is also a third clef called the C clef but since it is not used in any of the selections on our current program we will not discuss that here.
The piano or keyboard accompaniment part is usually written on the grand staff made up of the combination of the treble and bass staffs as follows:
rehearsal #11 november 9
rehearsal #12 november 16
rehearsal #13 november 23
rehearsal #14 november 30